Though the promise for a good Scotland romp was there, in the end I was left with only disappointment from Highland Mist. I was highly interested in the Druids and the prophecies, but sadly there was simply not enough development in the story or characters, and the whole novel seemed rushed, as if I were reading the “Spark Notes” of the original tale.
While the story could have been a highly entertaining one, it was brought down by the rushed feeling—everything seemed to work out far too quickly and easily, leaving the reader wanting more; more action, more suspense, more explanation and background information about the Druids and Conall's life before Glenna came into the picture, et cetera. It's nothing against Ms. Grant's work exactly, I just felt that this novel, though 200 pages or so, read more like a novella that barely reaches 80 pages. Everything was condensed, and I had a hard time getting into the story and characters when I found that both lacked the well developed structure I enjoy in my novels.
Even the romance was a bit lacking. Sure, there were a few steamy scenes, but they too were far too brief, and felt more like a quickie sex scene then the buildup of the hero and heroine's love for one another. I wanted to like Glenna and Conall, but instead I found myself drawn more towards Moira, the mysterious Druid, because while most of her life and details were shrouded in mystery for this book, it at least tempted me to come back to future books to find out more about it. For being the main characters, however, Glenna and Conall were sadly lacking, neither one of them had the crisp clarity of a good main character, nor the strength and backbone—they seemed as substantial as a supporting character that shows up only once.
3 STARS! Although this was far from my favorite book, and I felt it had more than a few flaws (the basis for all of them being, quite simply, a rushed story) I have not yet written Donna Grant off my list completely. Perhaps this was simply a fluke, and the next book in this series will be much better. I'm intrigued enough to try it again, both because of the setting (Scotland during the time of Druids and the Fae) and because I wish to see how the other Sinclair sisters fair in their prophecies. While I may not put Highland Mist at the top of my recommendation list for other readers, I wouldn't discourage reading it either. It was neither horrible nor amazing, but settled somewhere in the middle next to “average”, though there is nothing wrong with that! If there had just been more character and story development, this novel could have easily climbed up to a 4 star or above.
An honorable laird… Conall MacInnes was born to a clan that for centuries has been charged with the guarding of the sacred Druids. It’s a duty he has always met with a willing heart, until the day his sister, a Druid priestess, goes missing and the very Druids he has protected refuse to help him find the last remaining member of his family. Then a three-hundred-year-old prophecy places a Druid in his hands for safekeeping. It’s the chance at revenge he’s been waiting for, but is he willing to pay the cost his revenge will demand—the loss of his mate and the future of Scotland?
A willing lass… Glenna MacNeil wants only to be free, to find the purpose of her life. When she is told to look for the dark laird who would free her, she eagerly goes with the powerful Highlander who fights her clan, not realizing she has set in motion events that will change the course of history.